Sociology A Level

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course offers an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. Students develop knowledge and understanding about society and how sociologists study.  It will help students understand society's structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students' lives.

Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.


AS - Yr 1

Subject content
Compulsory content
3.1.1 Education
3.1.2 Methods in Context
3.2.1 Research Methods

3.2.2 Topics in Sociology Culture and Identity Families and Households Health Work, Poverty and Welfare

A-level - Yr 2
Subject content
Compulsory content
4.1 Education with Theory and Methods
4.1.1 Education
4.1.2 Methods in Context
4.1.3 Theory and Methods
4.3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
4.3.1 Crime and Deviance
4.3.2 Theory and Methods

4.2 Topics in Sociology

Option 1
4.2.1 Culture and Identity
4.2.2 Families and Households
4.2.3 Health
4.2.4 Work, Poverty and Welfare

Option 2
4.2.5 Beliefs in Society
4.2.6 Global Development
4.2.7 The Media
4.2.8 Stratification and Differentiation

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Compulsory content 4.1.1, 4.1.2, 4.1.3

Assessed :

• 2 hour written exam

• 80 marks

• 33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology

Section A: one from option 1: 4.2.1, 4.2.2, 4.2.3 or 4.2.4 

Section B: one from option 2: 4.2.5, 4.2.6, 4.2.7 or 4.2.8

Assessed :

• 2 hour written exam

• 80 marks

• 33.3% of A-level

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and  Methods

Compulsory content 4.3.1, 4.3.2

Assessed :

• 2 hour written exam

• 80 marks

• 33.3% of A-level

Entry requirements

In order to attend Meopham Sixth Form the minimum entry requirement is 5 level 4 GCSEs, including English and Maths.
To study Sociology you are required to achieve the minimum of a level 5 in English, in addition to a level 4 in Maths and Science.

Your next steps...

After completing the Sociology A Level qualification at Meopham School you will be able to access a variety of undergraduate university courses, such as;

Studying sociology opens up a wide range of careers in areas such as welfare, education, social research, and local and central government.

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Advice worker
  • Community development worker
  • Further education teacher
  • Higher education lecturer
  • International aid/development worker
  • Policy officer
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Social researcher
  • Social worker
  • Youth worker

Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Charity officer
  • Civil Service administrator
  • Family support worker
  • Housing manager/officer
  • Human resources officer
  • Life coach
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Police officer
  • Probation officer
  • Public relations officer
  • Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO).

While some sociology graduates enter work in a social or welfare role, there are also opportunities with a wide range of other employers throughout the public and private sector. Employers include;

  • charitable, counselling and voluntary organisations
  • law firms
  • local and central government
  • media companies
  • marketing and PR firms
  • the NHS
  • police and probation services
  • schools, colleges and universities
  • social and market research organisations.
  • Opportunities also exist on a variety of graduate management training schemes.